Yuzu Aihara is a girl who loves fashion and is always worried about her appearance. She likes to go out with her friends, but has never kissed or dated anyone before. But her life turns upside down when her mother remarries and Yuzu is transferred to a very strict all-girls school, where she can't wear makeup and earrings or even bring a cellphone. Deciding to rebel, she dresses how she likes on her first day, and because of that, she is called out in front of the entire school by the student council president: Mei Aihara, a girl who is the complete opposite of Yuzu.
To make her situation worse, when Yuzu gets home, she finds out that she has a new sister, and it turns out to be none other than Mei herself. Annoyed with the circumstances, the student council president kisses her, in an effort to prove a point. However, everything changes when Yuzu seems to like it and can't stop thinking about it.
Creator: Let's make a school romance series like all the rest, but make the main couple lesbian.
Creator: Let's make it take place in all girls school.
Creator: Yes. And all the girls there are lesbians. Also all the girls who don't go there are lesbians.
Creator: Yes. And let's make all the men in it assholes, women beaters and one-dimensional losers.
Creator: Yes. And the main couple in it will be sisters.
Creator: Yes. And the other one will sexually assualt the another sister on a daily basis.
Creator: Yes. And let's blame men for her behavior. The assaulting sister is the real
Creator: Yes. And the main couple will be super inconsistent. Like in every other chapter they kiss and love and then the next one they be like "why don't you go bang some other lesbian and die."
No: Me. Me. No. What?
Creator: Yes. And it will have at least two love triangles around both main characters.
Creator: Oh, and did I mention all of these love triangles will consists of just girls? No guys will be present.
Me: .... I kinda guessed.
Citrus is the worst lesbian series I have yet read. It constantly rubs the lesbian into reader's face in a same manner as ecchi series shove boob jiggling down the throat. This would be great of course if the characters weren't so full of shit. The other girl pretty much looks like the hoe at your local high school who trades sex for cigarettes. The another is exponentially worse. If she was a he, this series would be tagged as a pro-rape propaganda and tumblr would have to expand its server capacity.
The inconsistent romance in this is not pretty to watch. Whenever the sexually assaulting sister is not in the mood for kissing and boob fondling, she is in angst, and every bit of her dialogue during these moments could be replaced with "yes, I do have a licence to drive a truck" and the conversation had would still make as much sense.
The pacing is terribad and the series so long only because the characters are idiots who ponder over the same questions for half the eternity, only to choose the most obvious outcome without changing much at all as characters during the run. Apparently, all of their bs can be excluded completely by making a vow. Who needs character development and believability when implied happily ever after is an option, too. The story is nothing but an excuse for our characters to act like the clowns they are.
The art is rather boring. Outside the mediocre characters, not much is often even drawn on the panels. Background art is either a myth or otherwise nonexistent 50% of the time. I rather suggest reading the cute and 2pure5thisworld lesbian romances, such as "Stretch" and "Tamen De Gushi". Or alternatively cute with passionate sex, such as "Prism" and skip this nonsense.
Citrus was a trip to my heart, and in the end, I am delighted to have the opportunity to read it.
Citrus manga and anime are not for all the tastes. Sadly, most of the readers will divide themselves into yuri lovers and yuri detractors. However, Citrus is more profound, a mere comparison of being or not a yuri manga would not be fair with a love story that could transcend in the heart of any open reader. The moral of the story “Love does not have boundaries.” You cannot throw the manga away for being a lesbian story, but it is not for all the
The manga centers in two girls Yuzu and Mei. No matter if they are step-sisters, call it luck, destiny or cliché, they fall in love. Nevertheless, the attraction will take time to appear. Yuzu will need to understand what she is feeling. Her innocence and inexperience lead her to make decisions that affect all the characters around. And as for Mei, her responsibility will always cloud her emotions to the point that the reader will notice her coldness. I am sure that you could have some empathy with the characters and the story of this couple.
Regarding the story, it is more than a yuri manga. For me, the plot is more complicated. It is what we do when we are in love. We do not have a manual when we love someone, we try to follow our instincts, heart, and sometimes we fail and do some clumsy things like Yuzu or some unskillful actions as Mei’s. Honestly, I liked the story, you can perceive some realism on it, and you can enjoy it even if you are not a yuri lover.
Furthermore, Sabutouta took the right decision not to prolong the manga too much because the predictable events could destroy the plot. The choice was bright, and I am glad of how all was resolved. However, the conclusion feels rushed, and perhaps the reader will notice a time gap missing. The story could have more details on the outcome, but overall the manga developed a very delightful story, and I enjoyed most of it.
Deeply exploring the manga, the characters. They have an emotional progression. Yuzu and Mei are very different in personality, but you will observe the chemistry between them. As for the other characters such as Harumi, Matsuri they are the perfect complement to our main couple. In the beginning, these characters create some chaos, but it helped to have a beautiful view of the figures’ contrasts, and in the end, friendship will be the most important for them.
On the other hand, the manga is very well developed. Sabutouta did a magnificent job. The art is exquisite, detailed and shows the emotions of the characters. Great work, hon!! Also, the design of the panel helped the transition from panel to panel, and the dynamic of the story is not taken away from the shifts. It was enjoyable seeing this kind of art in every volume.
Lastly, I am feeling a bit sentimental because Citrus ended but it was the right decision. I am sure that you will enjoy reading the manga. The story will hook the reader and will take your breath.
Citrus is one of the popular Yuri Manga and I can somewhat understand the hype surrounding it because it's actually pretty damn good. Now I read the Manga after watching the Anime and honestly the chapters after the point where the Anime ended were much better and way less Ecchi.
I don't think I need to go into details since you'll already know the story for this. Yuzu, a girl who is all in for fashion and romance goes into highschool which turned out "All girls" where she encountered a girl named Mei which later was revealed as her new "sister", not blood-realeted of
course and then later Yuzu started to grow feelings for her more and more. And finally was able to tell her feelings to Mei and after that they both started going out but then Drama happened and they overcame all of it. Now, the biggest problem I had with this was how there was only 1 girl who was doing all the efforts while the other one just ice-cold and gets emotional and acts all hopeless even TILL THE END, nothing really changed. Same one girl trying to keep their relationship alive.
Characters were all good. Yuzu was my favorite character because of how determined she was towards her goal and that is to have a happy ending with Mei. She was quite funny too and overall a character fun to watch.
Now, Mei. Mei was decenet but I just could not get into liking her that much. Yes, she was bold. Yes, she gave Yuzu courage that it's OK for two girls to be in a relationship but the fact that Yuzu had to do 90% effiort and trying so hard for Mei but Mei just chickened out towards the end and didn't even try to fight for her feelings and accepted the reality. Weak!
She also tried to take responsibility of everything regarding her family issues. She had a troubled past with her father as well(nothing such as "Abuse" or anything).
Now as for the side characters. First Harumin. Harumin was probably one of my favorite character of the whole Manga. She was Yuzu's first and best friend at School. She was a really considerate person and had Yuzu's back all the tiime. However, I don't really like her elder sister that much. She barely got anytime anyways.
Another one was named "Matsuri". She at first seemed like a thot(she actually was), she is Yuzu's childhood friend and also tried to manipulate Yuzu since she wanted Yuzu to herself bur despite all that she actually became a really good character and someone who madly cared for Yuzu. She actually became my second favorite character towards the ending chapters.
There were other characters too such as "Shiramon-Senpai", who was a senior to Yuzu and was a weird sorta girl, there was that Yuzu's fangirl and her mother, father, grandfather etc. None of them got barely anytime so nothing much to say here.
The Art of this Manga is outstanding and probably the best part of the whole series. All of the characters were very well and beautifully drawn and specially the way Mei and Yuzu were drawn.
Overall this was a good read. Honestly the author rushed the ending to a point where I would "It kinda ruined all the build-up". *Spoilers* Like how Yuzu kept trying to convince Mei to come back but she kept telling her to leave througout the whole chapter but Yuzu decided not to make the same mistake as Clay Janson from "13 Reasons Why" and stood their with Mei and just said the one line and BOOM, Mei is convinced and everything just wrapped up, just like that. Honestly there could be so much more that could've happened but didn't. But oh well it was still worth reading.
This is my review for Citrus. I'll be referring to the characters by what they are most commonly called in the manga. Please note that this review is structured around how I personally felt about the manga; objectively, it deserves an overall rating of 6 (individual ratings being 5/10/4 for story, art, and character, respectively), but subjectively, I give it a 7.
Citrus does not have a very extravagant plot. However, due to the fact it falls in the yuri genre, it doesn't need to have one. This isn't to say that every yuri manga does not have a great plot; a reader does not
typically read yuri for the story, and they know this. Anyway, Citrus is centered around a high school girl named Yuzu, who has transferred, for the first time, to an all girl's school. Due to some circumstances, she ends up becoming the older stepsister of the president of that very school: her name is Mei. A certain event between these two kickstarts everything. The story is mostly told from Yuzu's point of view, making her the main protagonist, and Mei the supporting protagonist. This is the canon shipping for the manga, and it's obvious that the yuri, for the most part, will occur between these two girls. Up until the current chapter, the manga has been developing the relationship between Yuzu and Mei, and how they got to where they are now was a very bumpy road. Many problems, including a love triangle and childhood friend have been presented to the pair. However, these are very typical problems that people come across all the time, but since Citrus has attempted to rise above other yuri manga by actually trying to have a decent plot, it is deserving of the score I gave it for its story. For literary lovers, Citrus has deus ex machina, but this is done in such a way that the reader will appreciate it for being there.
If you've ever been to an amusement park, you should be familiar with the term "main attraction". That's what the art is: the best aspect of this manga. The mangaka has managed to draw very beautiful and clean art that it is simply a feast for the eyes to gaze on. The background is not drawn very complicated, but has just enough detail to provide the reader with context clues as to where the characters are at or are currently doing. Speaking of characters, Saburouta really, really deserves some kind of award for her impressive character designs. One can spend hours along just observing the art for this manga, and because of this, it helps to enhance the simple story presented. Simply perfection.
The characters, while seemingly generic and typical, are not bad at all. As aforementioned, Yuzu and Mei are the main characters, and also the main couple. Mei is like a foil to Yuzu in the sense that she is everything that Yuzu isn't. While Yuzu is the more energetic and cheerful of the two, Mei is more quiet, reserved, and intelligent. Their interactions are something to look forward to, as despite how strong Mei seems or how Yuzu looks so happy-go-lucky, they come to trust and depend on each other a lot more. Harumi is Yuzu's best friend, and she, of course, falls into the role of the protagonist's best friend. Personally, I think she is a great character because of how sensible she is and really just how she demonstrates the qualities of a true friend to Yuzu. The only other characters worth mentioning are Matsuri, who is the sly, manipulative childhood friend of Yuzu, Himeko, the vice president who works under Mei, and the Tachibana sisters Sara and Nina. The last three characters don't receive as much screen time as the first four, but they are certainly essential to the manga.
Amazing artwork, coupled with a decent story and characters are what define Citrus. I truly enjoyed reading every page and panel, and it's saddening that each chapter was so short. Many people do not like yuri for various reasons, and that included myself for a very long time. However, Citrus, my first introduction into the yuri world really positively changed my perception of the genre, and taught me to give everything a chance before I judge them. Just like it did for me, I hope that you, the reader, will give this manga a try, regardless of what your first impressions of it may be.